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Clare Finin

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Artist Statement

I am curious about the ephemeral nature of memories and the power they
seemingly have over us. How can objects from our childhood still overwhelm us as adults? How do they trigger the strong memories we have left of interactions, people, and events in our lives.

I work with family heirlooms, personal keepsakes, and found objects that activate a familiar feeling. I try to create representations of the memories that surround these objects and give a physical presence to these memory traces from childhood. I utilize the physical act of making as a form of remembering through employing traditional domestic techniques that were once commonplace in my family. Rope making, embroidery, and lace tatting help me remember and feel connected to my childhood and family that I have lost.  Like Victorian sentimental and mourning jewelry, I use my own hair as a material in my work.  It is with my hair that I become physically tied to those recollections I mourn.

 

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Where do you live ? City, State and Country
Champaign IL USA
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Studio
I am a .... Example: Student, Maker, Educator, etc.
Student, Studio Artist, Metalsmith
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At 11:45am on August 31, 2012, Liz Steiner said…

Hey Claire! Great to hear from you and great to see your work! Have a great semester and let me know how the grad school search goes! Keep in touch!

 
 
 

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Polymer Hollow forms

Large hollow forms in polymer clay. The objective is to create volume without additional weight. Each of the objects shown is about 4" in dia.
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Copper, bronze, brass, silver, vitreous enamel.


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